Useful Resources



The website of the UK Hand Knitting Association. Packed full of the latest knitting and crochet news, details of up and coming shows and advice for new starters.


Andrew Salmon and knitwear designer Lotte Lystrup discuss why knitting is so popular.

Knitting Pattern Central

Launched in 2004, this online directory features thousands of links to free knitting patterns, plus advice for new knitters, and tips and tricks from old hands!



Crochet Pattern Central

Sister site to KPC, this site offers thousands of links to free crochet patterns. Choose what you want to crochet from over 90 categories; toys, blankets, bags – this site has them covered.

Crochet Me

Innovative, imaginative and inspiring! Free patterns, articles, tips and tricks; you’ll find it all here.



A knit and crochet community. Fabulous facility for organising your projects, stash and needles. Show off your work, see what everyone else is knitting, find new designs and make friends

 UK handmade

UK Handmade is a design led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer. Artists and designers from across all of the art disciplines have a place here including photography, feltmaking, jewellery, fashion and art.


Lion Brand

Thousands of free knitting and crochet patterns, help, podcasts and more from this well loved US brand.

Mirasol Peru

Peru’s heritage and culture of textile artistry is rich and ancient. Located high in the oxygen-starved sierra of the Andes Mountains of Peru near Lake Titicaca, the Mallkini Ranch was established to breed alpaca herds. The owners, Michell and Company, have always had the well-being of their employees uppermost in the running of the ranch. With this aim in view, they have sought a way of supporting their employees in the long term: the Mirasol Project was born.

The objective of the Mirasol project is to improve the well being of rural children in the highlands of Peru. It does this by taking a percentage of every sale of Mirasol Yarn and investing it towards the establishment and running of a boarding-house for local children centre in the remote area of Munnani in the region of Puno.



Primarily a reference site, Yarndex is the ultimate yarn resource, featuring profiles for almost 4,000 yarns

Woodland Yarn

This website is a unique directory for everything related to the wool and yarn industry in the United Kingdom


Fascinating – study knitting history from the Victoria and Albert Museum collections or do your own knitting from 1940s patterns. Knit your own work of art following a pattern the V&A have specially commissioned from Freddie Robins

Knitting for Charity


Here you can find details of Ray of Hope a charity based at Leighton Hospital in Crewe that provides knitted clothing for premature babies.

Bonnies Babies

A charity sending parcels of hand knitted baby clothes to over 80 hospitals in the UK.